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Su-35's Unstabilized Approach Nearly Leads To Crash Landing

A stabilized approach to landing is crucial for anyone, even a fighter pilot. This Su-35 pilot bounced the landing on a close approach, then nearly lost control of the aircraft as it settled back down on the runway. The left wingtip rail struck the ground, and fortunately, the pilot was able to get the jet back on all three landing gear.

So the next time this happens to you in your Flanker, or Cessna 172 for that matter, don't force a bad landing, just go around and spare yourself the possibility of becoming the center of a viral video.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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